Legislative Action

The MMA supports physicians and patients through advocacy on crucial issues affecting the health of Minnesotans and the practice of medicine.

The legislative priorities for the 2022 session are:
 

Protecting Patients from Arbitrary Medication Changes  

  • Ensure patients have access to medications by prohibiting insurers or PBMs from altering patient’s drug coverage for medications they are already on, which currently can occur in the middle of a patient's contract year. 

  • Improve patient health by prioritizing the decisions made between a physician and a patient, rather than changes to a drug's formulary by an insurer. 

Improving Patient Safety with Straightforward Communications 

  • Improve patient safety by protecting from discovery discussions that are held between physicians and patients following an adverse event.  

  • Endorse the Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) model, which is designed to include patients and family members in timely and honest information following an adverse event, supporting caregivers, and working to improve patient safety. 

Create a POLST Registry 

  • Authorize a feasibility study to establish a statewide registry for Provider Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) to ensure EMS and emergency departments have access to POLST orders patients may have. 

Prevent Firearm Death and Injuries 

  • Expand criminal background checks to all firearm transfers and sales. 

  • Enact a “red flag” law to allow law enforcement to protect those who may be a danger to themselves or others. 

  • Authorize the use of de-identified firearm ownership data for public health research and epidemiologic investigations. 

Increase Immunization Rates 

  • Repeal existing personal belief exemption (PBE) from Minnesota’s childhood immunization laws. 

  • Fund education and outreach efforts in communities with lower immunization rates.